Make Your Own Flower Crown Party

Flower Crown Party

Grab Your Girls & Get Crafty!

Love the look of flower crowns?  Well gather your friends and make your own over a few glasses of wine and some yummy snacks in under an hour or two!  Check out the pics from my own flower crown making party in honor of Coachella – though it’s also a great idea for your bridal shower, bachelorette weekend, or wedding.

Supplies! Cat optional. Fake flowers, stem wire, and thin green wire to attach everything together. The cat always needs to supervise. Flower options, cut and ready to go! Flower options, cut and ready to go! Assembly over a glass of wine! Assembly over a glass of wine! Wire wrapping the flowers on! Wire wrapping the flowers on! Assembly over a glass of wine! Finished Product Friends & Florals Friends & Florals Friends & Florals Flower Crown Group Shot Flower Crown Group Shot
Supplies! Cat optional.

We used bunch of brightly colored fake blooms, but you can also use real flowers for a more ethereal, whimsical look (just go easy on the wine, you’ll need a softer touch with real blooms).

See here for my original tutorial!  Or if you’re interested in getting your own made for you (by yours truly), give me a call!

Love, Mrs. Newman

Sparkly Weddings

Sparkly Weddings

Throw A Gorgeously Glitzy Wedding!

If you’re like me, your favorite color is glitter. I mean, honestly, what’s better than something shiny and sparkly?

Not much.

So if you’re unsure of your wedding color scheme, but you know that you want it to be blingy, I get it.   You might even have a color palette picked out, but need ways to incorporate some extra glitz, just to make the event a little more glam.

Here are the best ways to add some shine to your big day!

Glitter. Sprinkle that shit everywhere. Kidding, don’t do that. But you should incorporate it into your stationary, décor and signage. And talk with your caterer and/or dessert vendor about edible glitter. It’s a thing, and its super pretty – think glitter on your cake, cupcakes or on top of macaroons. #yesplease

Pearlized Linens & Fabric. A little less in your face than glitter, but still adds a really nice sheen to your décor. Pretty pearl shades of whatever your color scheme is will help add depth and texture, reflecting the lights beautifully. They also give your event a rich look and feel, just like how satin sheets can make a bedroom seem more regal.

Mirrors. Another great way to catch and reflect the light at your event is through the use of mirrors. Look for venues with mirrors, or look into renting/bringing in your own. On a smaller scale, use mirror plates on your tables and underneath all your centerpieces.

Diamonds. Or rhinestones for the most part, aside from the jewelry that you wear. But you should totally use pretty diamonds (real or fake) for your jewelry, as well as on your bridal party. Then talk with your florist or vent designer about working them into your centerpieces and décor.

Sequins. Add a pretty sequined table runner, or use sequined linens for your cake table, or your head table to add a little extra oomph. If you don’t want a totally bedazzled dress, sequins are a more subtle way to sparkle on your wedding day. Same goes for your bridesmaid dresses.

Sparklers. So a sparkler send off isn’t exactly new, but who cares? They make for the prettiest photos and they totally fit into your sparkly wedding theme. If you want to work them into your day in a different way, add a sparkler to your cake topper, or buy the extra long or colored ones.

Embellished Flowers. Use pretty brooches or rhinestone ribbons in your bouquets. Adding pretty embellishments won’t be a new concept to your florist, so work with them to determine what the right amount of added bling for your wedding is.

Bling! Speaking of sparkly embellishments, don’t stop at your bouquets if it suits you. How about your shoes, or garter, or headpieces? Bling out your accessories. It’s a subtle way to sparkle if head to toe diamonds isn’t for you.

String Lights. Love, love, love string lights. Outside or inside, they’re so pretty, whimsical and romantic. And while they don’t necessarily sparkle, they do shine. And the more lights you have, the more your sparkly pieces will reflect them.

Chandeliers. Pretty chandeliers are already in a lot of wedding venues, but even if they’re not you can look into renting some. Talk to your local wedding and event rental companies about what they have available, and consider stringing up one or two, or several.

See, there are lots of ways to make your main wedding color “glitter”.   Weddings are a great time to shine, so why not go glam with your event ambiance?

If you’re worried it’ll look too tacky (and it will, if you use every single thing on my list) then work with your event stylist or wedding coordinator to decide what will work best for your vision. You can have a gorgeously glamorous wedding without it looking like you’re on Gypsy Sisters.

Need help pulling this look off? Let me know!

Love, Mrs. Newman

Quirky Brides

Quirky Wedding Fashion

Fun & Unique Bridal Pieces That Are Totally Adorable!

I love, love, love when brides cater their wedding day look to their own personal style.   Some brides go all out and embrace their quirks or wardrobe staples, while others go the more subtle route . Either way you’ll end up with a more personalized wedding day.

If you’re still working on piecing together your wedding ensemble, consider tying in something unique to you. Like I said, it doesn’t have to be something major, but even if it is a big fashion statement, then good for you. It’s your day, so you call the fashion shots!

Here are some of the best pieces I’ve seen that make for a fun and adorable wedding day look:

Capes. Veils not for you? I hear ya, I ditched mine pretty quick after my ceremony. Capes are a fun and fashion-forward look that give the illusion of a veil without actually having on a headpiece. Or go with a short cape over your shoulders – so adorable.

Sneakers. Revolutionized by Annie in Father of the Bride, this idea is perfect for you tomboys, or for anyone who just loves their kicks and wouldn’t be caught dead in heels. Converse sneaks are super cute, but I’ve also seen toms, sneakers and keds that all work perfectly with the brides style.

Faux Fur. One of my total faves, and perfect for late fall or winter weddings. Not only can it help keep a girl warm, it’s so, so, so pretty. Go with a fur wrap, fur cape, fur scarf or fur coat for a stunning look. And obviously I stress the faux part because animals.

Boots. Do you absolutely live in a pair of boots? Why not embrace that on your big day? Whether it’s a pair of combat boots, your beloved cowboy boots, or brightly colored galoshes, you should totally consider rocking these under your gown. Not only will they make for fun photos, they’re also really practical for outdoor, fall or winter weddings.

Leather Coat. Are you a biker babe? Or do you just live and die for your leather jackets? Wear your signature piece over your gown. It’ll keep you warm and give you a chic look. If your style is a little more edgy, your wedding day style should be too.

Flannel. Some people just can’t get enough of their flannel. If this is you, work it into your wedding style. For a rustic or country themed wedding, this look ties in so perfectly. Go big with a shirt, or tone it down with a scarf or throw blanket draped around your shoulders. Trendy as flannel and plaid patterns are right now, you’ll have a plethora of options to choose from that will work with just about any color scheme.

Colorful Underskirts. If you just can’t get onboard with an all white wedding day look, work some color into your ensemble. An easy and fun way is with colorful or patterned underskirts or tulle. You can order them in lots of fun colors, so talk to your bridal shop and see what their options are. If they don’t have what you’re looking for, look elsewhere and work with your tailor during alterations to make sure everything will piece together well.

If these all seem like a little too much for you, and you’re on the fence about tying in your own personal fashion style, then dial these ideas way down. Think undies, garter or jewelry. You can work in your own personal preferences into the little details too; the perfect way to look and feel like a bride but still stay true to our own inner fashionista.

Need help completing your look? Let me know and we can collaborate your wedding styling together.

Love, Mrs. Newman

Pearl Weddings

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A Pretty, Elegant & Classic Wedding Day Style.

I’ve been dying over all the new gorgeous wedding trends and styles, and I have to say one of my favorites is the use of pearls. Pearls are such a classic staple of timeless beauty, so it’s no wonder brides use them as a styling influence when they’re getting married.

The best thing about a pearl wedding is that they extend so much further than just for use as your jewelry.   To start, it gives you a beautiful color scheme if you go all out with a pearl themed wedding.

Think about all the different shades of pearls, from white to off-white, to pink, gold, champagne… even a pearlized black.   There are tons of different ways to make this look cater to your own style and preferences.

So besides all the pretty colors, what are all the fun ways to work pearls into your wedding day? Well, honestly, there’s like a zillion ways. Be creative and work with your event designers to follow this subtle but stunning theme.

Consider the Following:

Pearl Dress – Obviously a stunning option, and there are plenty of dress options out there with beautiful pearl accents.

Pearl Jewelry – Another easy way to pull your classic wedding day look together, as there’s not much that beats a woman in pearls.

Pearl Flowers – Your florist will know how to pull this together, so use pearls in the bouquets and boutonnieres. Look on pinterest at all the fun ways to execute this!

Pearl Centerpieces – Similar to your bouquets, you can work pearls into your floral arrangements, OR get budget savvy and use pearls to piece together pretty and unique centerpieces… like pearl filled martini glasses, mirror plates and tea lights.

Pearl Shoes – Every bride wants stunning wedding shoes, and there are so many fun options out there. Look for ones with pearl embellishments.

Pearl Cake Decorations – Wedding cakes or cupcakes are just SO pretty! It’s an easy yet elegant addition to class up your yummy desserts.

Pearl Strands – Not only can you wear them, or add them to your centerpieces, they’re also easy to string up! Think chair decorations, tying them into your pews, or stinging them up at the altar. They’re gorgeous, and will catch and reflect just a subtle amount of light.   So gorg.

Miscellaneous Pearl Decor – Obviously the possibilities are endless, but don’t overlook the little details, like table numbers, cake cutter, wedding signage or takeaway gifts.  There are about a million and four ways to decorate with pearls, so think through all the options.

If you love this idea, but don’t know how to pull this look together, let me know and we can talk about it! Or, if you have other event design concepts, but need a little bit of help, make sure you contact me!

Love, Mrs. Newman

Colorful Wedding Dresses

Colorful Wedding Gowns

Because Not Everyone Wants To Wear White.

So you’re thinking of straying from the traditional white gown. I love it! I’m all for doing things your own way, so making sure you’re dressed in your own style is a big must.

My guess is you might be struggling a bit with this decision. Even if you are confident in wearing something besides white, you still might be hit with outsiders doubts or opinions, which can make any girl question herself.

Luckily, I got your back. There are so many amazing dresses out there that come in other colors besides white. Like this one, or this one, or my fave – this one!

If you find yourself needing justification to wear something that strays from the norm, consider this; your wedding is a reflection of you, so if a big white dress doesn’t do that, then take that as your green light to think outside the box.

If you have a staple favorite color, then consider finding a gown in that hue. If everyone knows that you live and die for pink, then you should totally be wearing a pick dress for your walk down the aisle. Tried and true New Yorker that’s never worn anything that isn’t at least 50% black, then maybe you get hitched in a LBD. Or consider a gown with black accents or embellishments.

Even if you don’t have some staple fashion wise, or notorious favorite color, you can still get a different colored wedding gown. You don’t need a reason other than wanting to do something different. If you find a blue gown that makes you feel like a knockout, go with that – plus you’ll be covering your something-blue.

Colorful gowns are perfect for second go-arounds too; when a bride feels even a little uncomfortable in white, then I say go big with a brand new color scheme and wedding gown.

If you’re thinking that white might not be your thing, but something bright and vivid isn’t settling well, then you should try on a few different muted shades. Think light pink, peach, grey or taupe. Most dresses come in off-white shades, so make sure you find out all of your color options before deciding against a gown. Some brides are surprised to learn their dress comes in different color options; but most of them do!

Make sure you look at fabric samples, and find a boutique and consultant that you trust to help you find exactly the shade of gown you’re looking for. It might take a little bit more time and energy to find a colorful gown, but it’ll definitely be worth it!

If you’re still on the fence, reach out to me and we can talk through it. Or, if you’re interested in wedding styling help, give me a call to discuss!

Love, Mrs. Newman

Wedding Veils


And What They Say About Your Wedding Style!

Still working on your wedding day look? For anyone that isn’t well versed in bridal style, all the different options can seem overwhelming. Even if you are pretty familiar, it can still feel like a lot to choose from.

I had a way harder time committing to my wedding gown and veil than I did to my actual husband. The man in the pictures with me I was confident in, the outfit that I would have to look back upon for the next several decades seemed like a way more dangerous decision.

If you’re undecided on what exactly you should adorn your pretty little head with, fear not! Here’s a list of (most of) your options, what they work best for, and what it says about your bridal style.

Elbow. Elbow length veils go to about your elbow (duh).   They’re easy to get on and off, and since they’re one of the shortest options, they’re the easiest to move around in. This look is probably best for someone who doesn’t really want a veil for more than the traditional-ness of having one on for the ceremony, or even just a few photos. It’s a fairly classic look, and will suit a bride who is going for a simple and elegant feel.

Fingertip. This veil flows down to just below your fingertips (and you thought bridal style lingo was going to be confusing….). It’s pretty, simple and typically just one layer.   I think these give the same functionality of an elbow veil, but photograph way prettier. It gives just a little bit more length, which elongates your entire outfit.   Fingertip veils are perfect for almost any bridal style, and are definitely one of the more popular options.   Find one with a little lace and you’ll have a modern spin on a vintage look.

Sweep. A sweep veil will just barely hit the ground behind you, and will be tailored to fit just right, along with your gown.   Skinny sweep veils, attached at the base of the neck are gaining popularity among brides lately, and for good reason. They give an ethereal look and a romantic feel.   Sweep veils are sure to make you look and feel like a bride, and are best for a more formal event, ie: not ideal for a beach or barn, or anywhere where you’ll be sweeping the floor (see what I did there…)

Chapel. Chapel veils essentially mean your veil will flare out behind you with your dress train.   And if you go this route, you’ll want your dress to have at least a little bit of a train, too.   They are stunning when walking down the aisle (or walking anywhere, really).   They really do make a girl look like a walking dream, and make for gorgeous photos and fun photo ops.   Functionality wise, they’re kind of a pain. I’d suggest ditching the veil as soon as you plan on bustling your dress up.   Even more so than a sweep veil, chapel veils are best for formal weddings; think churches and ballrooms.

Cathedral. Cathedral veils are chapel veils on steroids.   They extend way out past you and your train. They’re regal, formal, and probably best left to people like Kate Middleton.   But if you’re planning an affair to match the royals, have at it! The pictures will be amazing, and you’ll look fit to be a queen. If there’s one day where you can get away with wearing something so fancy, it’s at your wedding. I’ll try my best not to roll my eyes when I see your photos. (But seriously, if you’re thinking about a cathedral, try on a chapel length first, it’s the practical version for those of us who are only queens on the inside).

Blusher.  A blusher is a veil that comes down over your face for your wedding ceremony.   There are two types really; the traditional kind where one layer of your veil flips over the front to cover your face, and then the kind that is essentially one big piece of fabric strategically placed on top of your head so that it covers your face and also extends down your back.   Shorter blusher veils are a bit dated in my opinion, but they give a traditional bridal look, so if that’s your thing, go for it. The second and trendier version of the blusher veil look, which has blown up in the past few years thanks to Kim K’s third wedding to Yeezy, gives a glamorous and regal look. It’s romantic and dreamy, but again, best left to formal events.   A good choice for those fashion forward brides, for sure.

Birdcage. Birdcage veils have ruled the bridal runway for the past decade.   They’re inspired by the early 1900’s, but the trend came back with a vengeance. They’re classic, vintage and beautiful, and perfect for bride who wants the romantic headpiece without the weight of a veil.   There are also about a million different options out there, so if you go with a birdcage veil you’ll still have quite a variety of styles to pick from. Before you shop, shop around your elders’ closets first.   Grandma might just have one for you, so you could go ahead and cross some thing old off of your list too.

Flower Crown. Not into a veil? You’re certainly not alone.   A lot of brides are ditching the veil altogether and replacing with flower accents.  Recently flower headpieces have BLOWN up. They give a different bridal look for sure, but aren’t solely for the hippie bride anymore.   Flower crowns are fitting for the beach, a garden, wineries, or that rustic venue.   You’ll either love this look, or hate it, so if you’re on team flower crown, then you should seriously consider ditching the veil and going for this look instead.   You can even test out the look using my DIY flower crown tutorial, here!

Have fun shopping around and trying on all of the different types and styles.  Use your Pinterest boards and bridal magazines to see what you’re most drawn to, and then get out and about and start trying veils on (and dresses too, obviously). Struggling with what’s best for you? Let’s discuss! Wedding styling is one of my favorite services.

Love, Mrs. Newman

Cool Girl Dresses

Cool Girl Dresses

Why You Should Say Yes To That Trendy Dress

As I was perusing my twitter feed, I stumbled upon photos of Whitney Port’s wedding photos, and I’ll tell ya – She. Looks. Stunning. (See above, far left). Obviously she knows a thing or two about style, and she totally went for it in a high-low style wedding dress. She killed it -SO gorgeous.

If you have wedding dress shopping on the brain, you’ve probably also seen all of the fun new styles that are floating about in the wonderful world of bridal fashion; not only on all the celebs, but also on the runways. The 2016 spring lines have been released and they are AMAZING.

Designers have really stepped up their game.   Bridal fashion is one of my favorite things EVER, so I’m in love with all the new trends and styles and I welcome the fun and edgy new dresses to the runway.

Here’s the question though; do you really want to wear a trendy wedding dress?

Lets think about it. There is definitely something to be said for a timeless, elegant look. You absolutely can’t go wrong with a classic dress. So if your personal style isn’t usually edgy or if taking fashion risks isn’t really your thing, then maybe stick to that when wedding dress shopping.   Your wedding day certainly isn’t the time to debut a brand new you.

But. If you love a good trend and are always at the forefront of the fashion world, why you would ignore your fashion minded side when it comes to your wedding day style? Your guests, your family, your bridal party, and your betrothed are all going to be expecting a bridal version of you, so don’t disappoint them!   Don’t disappoint yourself either.   Get that amazing dress that’s a little on the wild or edgy side. If it suits your personal style, then say yes to that trendy white dress!

Fashion and trends are always going to be changing and evolving, so no matter what you pick, your dress will most likely mirror the overall look of the decade you’re getting’ hitched in. If you find something that you love and makes you feel like the prettiest version of yourself, then you’ve found the dress – regardless of the style.

Love, Mrs. Newman

DIY Flower Crowns

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For Your Wedding, Shower, or Life In General.

Flower crowns are super trendy right now (thanks Coachella), and their emergence on the bridal scene is spreading like wildfire.  I’m obsessed with the combination of two of my favorite things; pretty blooms and princessy crowns.  Yes, please.  Even if a floral headpiece isn’t how you picture your wedding day look, they’re a super cute addition to a bridal shower outfit, or even a fun pice to wear during your bachelorette festivities.

Your florist will totally be able to make them for you if DIY isn’t your thing, but for anyone wanting to make their own, it’s actually way easier than you’d suspect.  I had so much fun putting mine together, and it was really pretty simple.   And I’m totally still wearing it as I sit here working at my desk putting this guide together for you.

So, here’s what you need:

flower crown supplies

  • Scissors
  • Stem Wire (Michael’s)
  • Floral Wire (Michael’s)
  • Baby’s Breath
  • One or Two Other Types of Flowers

Step 1

Gather your materials and pick out your flowers.  You could also do this with fake flowers from the craft store, but I like fresh flowers, so that’s what I’m working with in this tutorial.  Make sure you have baby’s breath, and then pick out one or two additional blooms to add some volume.  I went with white roses and California stock flowers (and I literally grabbed them both from my local grocery store for pretty cheap, though a florist will have many more options to choose from).

Step 2

Take two of the stem wires and twist the last two or three inches of each end together tightly.  Once they’re connected, measure the rest around your head so that it fits loosely around your head.  The flowers will add some bulk, so make it just a teeny bit bigger then you would need it to be if it was just the wire.

Step 3

Once you’ve sized it, twist the ends together nice and tight.  Then make sure the wire is formed into a perfect circle, and then you’re ready to start adding your blooms.  This is your crown base.

Step 4

Start with your baby’s breath and cut it two or three-inch long pieces.  Use your floral wire to secure the green stems to the crown base.  Use approximately two inches of your wire and tightly coil the wire around the flower stem and the base to secure the baby’s breath in place.

Step 5

Work your way around the crown base with pieces of baby’s breath, until you’ve reached the place where you began (as illustrated in step 5 in the header image).  It’s okay if there are some blank spaces, you can cover them with your bigger flowers, and at the end you can always add more baby’s breath to hide any patches.

Step 6

Using whichever your next smallest flower is, cut the tips of the blooms with an inch or so of green stem left underneath.   Add these flowers to the sparse spaces between patches of baby’s breath, using the green floral wire to secure the inch long stems to the crown base.  Again, you’re going to wrap the wire into a tight coil to secure these flowers too, although these will weigh more so you might want to use a little more wire than you did the first go around. You might catch some of the baby’s breath while you’re coiling – that’s okay!  It’ll likely end of bigger than you thought, so reigning in some of the baby’s breath isn’t the worst thing – just keep going.

Step 7

Once you have your flowers secure, I would add a few bigger blooms.  You can leave it if you’re happy with the size, but I added a few roses to add some volume to mine and make it a little more glam.  Groom your bigger blooms pointing the stem to side so the flower faces out once you add it to your crown.  You’ll adhere it the same way, but this is when you’ll have to up your patience levels; there will be less free space in your crown, so work the stems into the crown base, and take your time wrapping the coil tightly, but weaving it between the flowers already in place.

Step 8

You’re done!  If you like the size and bulk, pop that sucker on and use a few bobby pins to keep it in place.  If it’s a little bigger than you imagined, use your scissors to trim down some of the baby’s breath.  Those are the pieces that tend to stick out and make it appear fuller than it is.  Try it on a few ways with different blooms in the front, and find the best side to have facing forward.

There you go my little flower children.  If you’re thinking of wearing your own creation on your wedding day, make sure you practice a few times before the big day.  And wear it around for an afternoon to make sure the way you made it lasts well.  If it doesn’t, you probably need tighter wire wrapping skills, or longer stems.  Again, if a flower crown isn’t your wedding forté, you should still consider wearing one for one of your other special events – because why waste the opportunity to feel like a princess/hippy/flowerchild/diva?

Love, Mrs. Newman

Extra Lashy


How To Put On Fake Eyelashes – Yourself.

Wearing fake eyelashes is a fun way to add some extra oomph to your eyes for a special occasion – whether its your wedding, your friend’s wedding, or just an event that you want to feel a little extra fancy for.   It’s actually much easier to put them on than most people think, so I thought I’d walk you through how to do it, set by step.  This way, you won’t need to ever pay for an “eyelash application” if you decide you wanna give falsies a go.

Heres what you need to put them on yourself with ease

  • Fake Eyelashes
  • Eyelash Glue
  • Mascara
  • Tweezers
  • Q-tips

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Step 1

Do the majority of your makeup, but only put one light coat of mascara on.  Make sure you have your eyeliner the way you want it – you can do touch ups afterwards but you’ll want the basic line in place because your falsies might get in the way of drawing a smooth line on afterwards.

Step 2

This is my secret step that I find super helpful.  Put a little dollop of the eyelash glue on the back of your hand.  This way you can drag the bottom of the lashes through the glue, and you aren’t trying to apply it to an extremely flimsy lash extension.  Doing it this way gets the glue on quickly, easily, and without smudging into the eyelashes as much as when you’re trying to paint glue onto them.

Step 3

You can use tweezers or your fingers for this part, but using the tweezers to place the glued part onto your lash line gives you a more precise place, in my (often right) opinion.  Place them on top of your lashes, and then use your tweezers to press the glue down into your lash line.

Step 4

This picture is included to show how ridiculous you’re gonna look for a few minutes while the glue dries.  Use the q-tips to press the lashes into your lash line and help set them in place.  You can also use the q-tips to put a little extra glue at each corner, because this is where the lashes will lift first.  So for a few minutes you’re going to have white lashes and it’s going to look and feel very odd.

Step 5

More mascara!  Put a few more coats of your favorite mascara on.  This will combine the fake lashies with your own, and it’ll also be like little extra adhesive keeping everything in place.  Now is also the time to tight-line (line the inner rim) or touch up any smudges that happened during the application process.

Step 6

You’re basically done, but I included this step for any touch ups (or for a last step to really secure them in place).   If they start to lift at any point during the evening, use the glue and q-tip to press a little bit more glue into each corners.  Close your eyes, press the glue into each corner, and then count to ten before opening your eyes.  Then head back to the dance floor/party/bedroom…?

Voila!  Hello you lashy little vixen!

If you’re still unsure of whether or not your think you can do this yourself, go buy a few pairs and give it a shot on a day when you have some spare time.  Don’t be hard on yourself if the first go around is a mess.  Practice makes perfect, and I bet the second time will be easier, and so on and so forth.  I used to take a solid ten to fifteen minutes to get mine on, but I can pop these suckers on in less than two minutes now, thanks to years of practice. Another tip, try a buddy system.  Putting them on each other might feel easier than doing it on yourself.   (Plus you can get your less than perfect application practice sessions out on someone else…)

Have fun!

Love, Mrs. Newman

DIY Wedding Makeup

Wedding Make Up Post ImageYes, You Can Do It Yourself!  Here’s Why and How…

If you have mixed feelings about hiring a makeup artist for your wedding, you’re not alone. If you’re the type of girl who has spent years playing with her own makeup, know you way around a makeup counter, and have a solid makeup routine already down, then doing your own is probably a pretty sound choice.

Yes, it’s kind of exciting to have your own makeup artist, and yes its fun to get pampered and waited on the morning of your big day, but that doesn’t mean you have to go that route. I, personally, almost always (okay, just always) have redone my makeup after having a professional apply it for me. And it’s not because they haven’t done a good job, it’s more because I just like the way I can do it better. I know what colors work. I know how to wing my liner just right. I know that my Laura Gellar bronzer is better than whatever they have in their makeup case – for me.   If you know what works for you, good!  Don’t go against it for your wedding.

Now, I’m not suggesting you just put your daily made-up face on for your wedding, nor do I recommend winging it the morning of your big day. You should shop around, find some pretty shadows, and try out some kiss-proof lipsticks.   Do your homework; do your own trial runs in your own bathroom at your own home. Try out false eyelashes, winged liner, or a little bit of glitz in your shadow to amp up your look – something that will still look like you, but a little bit more fancy. It is your wedding, after all.

My personal favorite bridal look is pretty neutral, but with a little extra oomph around the eyes with some darker shadows than my usual look.   Check out my personal picks below, and my step-by-step instructions on how I applied each one.

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  1. Urban Decay Naked Palette, Sephora
  2. L’Oreal Eye Liner, CVS or other drugstore
  3. Elizabeth Mott, Queen of the Fill Eyebrow Tint, ElizabethMott.com or Ipsy
  4. L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara, CVS or other drugstore
  5. Maybelline Loose Powder, CVS or other drugstore
  6. Laura Gellar Bronzer, Ulta
  7. Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse Concealer, CVS or other drugstore
  8. Makeup Brushes, Target

I start with my Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse (7), which you use the provided sponge to press on.  Add a couple of layers over any blemishes or red patches, and then follow your application with a dusting of loose powder (5) to set everything.

Follow that up with the Laura Gellar bronzer (6).  I start by highlighting my cheekbones, and make a continuous sweeping cursive E (and reverse E on the other side) shape, going along my forehead, down the cheek and then highlighting the jawbone.

urban decay labeledThen I apply my eye shadow.  Using the guide to the left, you can see the shades that I use on my lid, crease and browbone from the Urban Decay Naked Palette (1).  I use the darkest shade to line my eyes, both lower and upper, with a bit of a wing off the top lid.  Do this using an angled shadow brush (8), so it’ll appear like an eyeliner, but is actually still just eye shadow.  It also helps make the line appear more smokey, romantic, and less harsh than a hard line.

To complete the eyes, I do three coats of mascara (4), and I tight-line my top lid with my black eyeliner(2).  Tight-lining means you’re lining the inner rim of your eyelid.  It gives your lashes a fuller appearance.

Next, make sure your eyebrows are, as the kids say, “on fleek” by using your eyebrow gel tint.  If you have light hair like I do, darkening your brows just a smidge really helps finish off your look.  I’m uhb-sessed with my Queen of the Fill, btw (3).

Lastly, choose your favorite kiss-proof lipstick to complete your look.  Here are my favorite picks, tried and tested by yours truly.

Alright you little makeup masters, if this was the piece of mind you needed in order to feel confident about doing your own wedding day look, then I’m a happy little blogger today!  Why hire and pay for it when you know you have the skills yourself?  Have fun and be confident!

Love, Mrs. Newman